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You can borrow a drone at this library

June 23, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The newly renovated University of South Florida library will have lots to offer students returning for the fall semester. There will be brand new furniture, a modern Smart Lab, and aerial drones to check out along with the books. No, really. In touting the school library’s recent renovations ...

Waveform generators offer up to 160 MHz output

June 23, 2014 9:51 am | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) its new 4060 Series line of dual channel function/arbitrary waveform generators. The series includes three models that generate sine waveforms up to 80 MHz (4063), 120 MHz (4064), and 160 MHz (4065). Featuring an advanced pulse generator ...

Rock that whizzed by Earth may be grabbed by NASA

June 23, 2014 9:32 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials on Thursday described a prime candidate: A tiny asteroid that whizzed about 7,600 miles above Earth in 2011. At 20 feet long, it is "the size of a delivery truck....

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Normally open multi-throw coax switch covers DC to 12 GHz

June 19, 2014 2:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne Coax Switches (Cumbernauld, UK) introduced its new Series CCR-38 Coax Switch. The CCR-38 is a broadband multi-throw, electromechanical coaxial switch designed to switch a microwave signal from a common input to any of 10 outputs.

Engineering Newswire: Urinal videogame is controlled by user's 'stream'

June 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A new videogame has hit the market, and while it doesn’t require a controller, it’s not quite hands free. Yup, this video game is controlled entirely by your urine. After experimenting with many ideas including lasers, ultrasound, induction sensors, and even cameras which were ruled out on privacy grounds ...

Millimeter-wave 40-GHz attenuators with 2.92-mm connectors target broadband

June 19, 2014 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises’ (Irvine, CA) new line of 2-W, 40-GHz attenuators (part number PE7395-xx) is intended for applications requiring reliable broadband performance ranging from DC to 40 GHz (Ka microwave band).

Global flat-panel TV shipments enjoy sound growth in Q1; South Koreans top field

June 19, 2014 10:57 am | by Jusy Hong, Principal Analyst, IHS Technology | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of flat-panel televisions rose convincingly in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year, a stronger-than-expected showing that puts the industry on firm footing for the year, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

LED series offers up to 23,650 lumens

June 19, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting announced that Hubbell Industrial Lighting’s modernly styled LUNABAY LED High Bay is now available in high output versions. While still providing excellent efficacy of up to 95 lumens per watt, the LUNABAY can now deliver up to 23,650 lumens....

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Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

Design graduate’s final year project could prove a lifesaver

June 19, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

SUTTON design graduate Samuel Harris’s final year project — a life-saving quick-release device — was selected for the prestigious Made in Brunel Exhibition on London’s South Bank last week. (June 12 – 15). The former Cheam High School pupil, 23, devised the system after successive news stories about rescue divers becoming trapped by their own lifelines and drowning....

Obama pets a giant, laughing robotic giraffe

June 19, 2014 9:40 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While the Obama administration has been dealing with a lot of heavy topics lately, the White House also had time to push policy on innovation and creation. Part of the campaign was the White House Maker Faire, designed to celebrate “all things built-by-hand and designed-by-ingenuity.” It featured 30 projects from more than 100 students, engineers, creators and researchers from 25 different states.

Semi-shielded power inductor series targets DC/DC converter power management applications

June 19, 2014 9:09 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. (Riverside, CA) announced a new series of semi-shielded power inductors.  The semi-shielded SRN model series combines the features of non-shielded and shielded inductors, making them suitable for use in DC/DC converters.

Making smartphones smarter with see-through sensors

June 19, 2014 8:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Your smartphone's display glass could soon be more than just a pretty face, thanks to new technology developed by researchers from Montreal and the New York-based company Corning Incorporated. The team has created the first laser-written light-guiding systems that are efficient enough to be developed for commercial use....

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AEC-Q101-Qualified proximity and ambient light sensor is fully integrated

June 18, 2014 8:17 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an operating temperature range to +105°C was announced by the Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

Energy storage systems perform under extreme environmental conditions

June 18, 2014 7:46 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announced the New SCS family of air or liquid cooled energy storage solutions for mission critical or remote location requirements that need to perform under extreme environmental conditions in…

Small, shielded power inductor handles up to 3.75 A

June 18, 2014 7:17 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) XPL2010 Series of ultra-small, magnetically shielded power inductors combine desirable current handling, low DC resistance and inductance values up to 220 µH in a 1.9-mm X 2.0-mm package.

NASA turns down the volume on rocket noise through SLS scale-model acoustic testing

June 18, 2014 4:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA engineers recently went on an auricle ride as a scale model of the Space Launch System (SLS), including solid rocket motors, was fired - giving an "earful" of information about how low- and high-frequency sound waves will affect the rocket on the launch pad....

This drone is made from chocolate

June 18, 2014 3:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Yes, someone actually built a chocolate quadcopter. And no, the DoD hasn’t investigated potential military applications (that I know of). A flying treat like this probably wouldn’t survive harsh environments (greater than 20°C) or soldiers’ stomachs, but it could redefine the “candygram”....

Photos of the Day: Building a chocolate drone

June 18, 2014 12:32 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An intrepid DIYer built a quadcopter made of at least 40% chocolate. The best part is: This chocodrone actually flies! The unnamed artiste filmed the creation process – and the ensuing flight – using a GoPro Hero 3. She coats the wings in a thick layer of cocoa and uses molded chocolate for the lower frame....

8-channel, 12-bit oscilloscope features up to 1 GHz of bandwidth

June 18, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy announced the HDO8000 oscilloscope product line with 8 analog input channels, 12-bits of vertical resolution utilizing Teledyne LeCroy’s HD4096 technology, and up to 1 GHz of bandwidth. The HDO8000 oscilloscopes have maximum performance....

Magneto-resistive position sensors in DFN package help simplify PCB assembly

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) has expanded its magneto-resistive (MR) product offering with a line of accurate, low power position sensors housed in a compact DFN package. The KMXP Series can be easily soldered to a PCB via automated standard assembly methods.

Security device protects PLC controllers

June 17, 2014 6:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MB Connect Line (Ilsfeld, Germany) presents the mbSECBOX as a new security solution for PLC controllers. This device detects malware similar to STUXNET and other possible threats on the S7 Controllers. After a threat is found, the mbSECBOX will…

TFT LCD line-up ideal for Personal Audio Visual applications

June 17, 2014 4:50 pm | Sharp Microelectronicsn | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (Camas, WA) announced two additions to its small TFT LCD module line-up. The two CGS (Continuous Grain-Silicon) LCDs include a 1.6-inch Class (1.56-inch diagonal) Transflective Color LCD for wearable technology and a 2.95-inch (diagonal) SVGA+ LCD....

Hunt for extraterrestrial life gets massive methane boost

June 17, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by UCL (University College London) researchers. The new model focuses on methane, the simplest organic molecule, widely acknowledged to be a sign of potential life....

Quad Core x86 smart camera is said to be industry’s first

June 17, 2014 2:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its x86 smart camera, NEON-1040, featuring the quad core Intel Atom processor E3845 1.9 GHz, 2048 x 2048 pixels at 60 fps 1” monochrome CMOS global shutter image sensor and PWM lighting control support.

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